For over 15 years, I worked as an engineer for several large companies, including IBM’s Federal Sector Division and Computer Technology Associates. During this time, I worked on projects with NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of the Army, and the United States Coast Guard. I reached a point where I just couldn’t see myself doing the same type of work for the rest of my life. I’d always enjoyed helping people, and I thought what better way to do that than to become an attorney? I entered Georgetown Law’s night program in Washington DC. As I attended law school, I considered what type of lawyer I wanted to be. With an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, it made sense to become an intellectual property attorney and help people and companies with their trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and copyrights.
I toyed with the idea of going into other areas of law. I applied for a summer position at a prosecutor’s office to try to get some trial experience. The prosecutor looked at my background and asked, “Why are you here?” After considering my answer, he laughed and said, “We both know you’re never going to work in a DA’s office, so you should find a summer position with an intellectual property firm.” In hindsight, he was exactly right – practicing Intellectual Property Law is where I should concentrate my efforts.
My previous book is entitled “Find Clarity and Take Control of Your Intellectual Property”. The idea behind that book was to provide an overview of the different types of intellectual property and things that individuals or companies should consider when determining what type of intellectual property would best accomplish their needs. This book specifically focuses on trademarks: why trademarks are important, how you obtain one, what you need to consider, and what you need to be concerned about when you apply for a trademark. This book addresses the application process, the prosecution of the trademark (the give-and-take between the applicant and the US trademark office), and what you need to do to maintain a registered trademark.